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Sydney is known as ‘Emerald City’ for its subtropical beauty, but now the thick grey and sometimes orange – red smoke blankets the city. So, what is in this Australian bushfire smoke?

Smoke from bush fires consists of small particles as small as the diameter of human hair, gases, water vapour which are visible to the human eye. The gas that you breathe from bushfire smoke is made of from carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

It’s start from you, with you and for you when it concerns about your own safety. If you have been wearing respirator to tackle this—good job you’re in the right track — if you haven’t — we will walk you through this—

The Cambridge Mask Pro filters almost 100% of particulate matter down to 0.3 microns in size. Furthermore the unique filter we use in the mask allows almost 100% of bacteria, viruses and gases such as VOCs and formaldehyde to be removed. The Cambridge Mask filters have been tested to meet the American National Institute for Occupations Safety and Health (NIOSH) N99 filter requirements under 42 CFR Part 48. 

Cambridge Mask Pro is therefore powerful respirators that not only clear the air of pollution via the particulate filter but also remove potentially harmful gases and pathogens with the additional carbon filter.

Cambridge Mask have been tested rigorously to:

  • Passes the American National Institute for Occupations Safety and Health (NIOSH) N99 filter requirements under 42 CFR Part 48 (tested by Nelson Labs USA)
  • Certified as child safe under 14 U.S.C 1278a and CFR Parts 1370 1501 1500.53 and 1500.44 (Certified by Bay Area Testing Labs)
  • EN149 standards for CE in the European Union (Certified by SAI Global and Apave Labs FR)
  • Food and Drug Administration standards for Korea (testing in progress) and Thailand (testing complete and passed).
  • 99.6% viral filtration efficiency and 99.7% bacterial filtration efficiency (tested by Nelson Labs USA)
  • Cambridge Masks have met a wide range of tests to ensure they are effective and safe to use for the whole family.

Don’t even think about wearing cloth or paper masks – just don’t 

Cloth or paper masks are fairly loosely fitting and without a proper seal any mask won’t work, read here to ensure the best fit of your respirator. Medical masks are designed to prevent bacteria and viruses from coming into contact with the respiratory area (nose and mouth).

They are not designed to prevent pollution particles or other small particles from being breathed in, these masks won’t prevent the inhalation of small, airborne contaminants that are dangerous. This is why they are suitable in a medical setting, but not for outside use when combating the harmful effects of bushfire particles. 

Will an air purifier help?

When the air quality is poor, spending time inside is recommended. Dr. Richard Broome shared his thought on air purifiers saying that it would be effective if it has HEPA filters and has the right size of the room situated in. The most important thing to remember when relying on indoor air purifiers is to ensure the room is sealed, without the proper seal they will not work. 

Stay Alert and Updated!

If you have keep an eye on NSWRFS, you must have been familiar with the signs that they published frequently of the bushfires progress. The Forest Fire Danger Index is based on these forecast conditions which are temperate, humidity, wind speed and dryness of the landscape. But what does it mean?

  • Severe –  only risk staying if a homeowner is well prepared and they have the capability to defend the house. 
  • Extreme – only risk staying if a home is prepared to the very highest level and is specially built to survive a bush fire 
  • Catastrophic – the highest alert as sign no homes are built to withstand a fire in these conditions and the safest option is for people to leave before any fire has started or affecting. 

Please click here for Fire Ready Kit  ‘Your Guide to Survival’ 

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Note: Cambridge Masks are not firefighting equipment and should not be used to enter/leave burning buildings or when extinguishing fires. Seek advice from your local fire department for information about emergency escape masks. The information contained on this page and our website as a whole should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult your medical practitioner for specific medical consultation.